Popular baby names predicted to fall out of fashion – including Isla and Oliver

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Every child is unique – but some baby names are more unique than others.

Chances are, you know an Amelia, Oscar, Isla, or Olivia that was born in the last ten years.

But these popular names are expected to fall out of fashion, as parents opt for more unusual monikers that aren’t typically found in the top ten.

Family history platform MyHeritage has tracked name trends for the last five years and matched it with hundreds of years of birth name data from their archives to spot the names dropping from the top spots.

Research shows that 2020’s most popular boy’s name Oliver is set to drop out of the top 100 before the end of the decade.

They also found that Amelia is likely to suffer the same fate – although female names are more impacted by trends.

But some other lovely names are soaring up the charts, as parents opt for something a bit quirkier instead.

So it’s likely that you’ll soon know a Bertie or Olive, possibly an Agnes or Wilfred.

Rafi Mendelsohn, Director at MyHeritage, said that new parents might be influenced by looking at their families history.

He said: “Male names have more longevity than female names. Out of the top 20 male names over the last 50 years, 13 male names still show in the top 300 whereas many of the female names have slipped down to around the 1000th place like Gemma, Nicola, Susan and Jacqueline – and names like Amelia, Isla and Olivia seem to be going through the same trend cycle.

“Female names are much more impacted by trends. It is more common to see a popular name drop out of fashion five years later in one decade.

“As more people research their family’s history it is now much easier to look back and find out which names were important in your past.

“This could be a big driver for the recent boom in Victorian baby names, as new parents look to connect their children with distant ancestors.”